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  1. Pace Heritage Fleet

    Looking forward to Pace South, SW, West and NW wraps. Sad that the RTA wrap is way out in No Man's Land!
  2. Pace New Flyer buses

    I don't remember which board member asked what garage was getting the NFs, but apparently they were satisfied that another unnamed garage could get a handful rather than all 75 going to West.
  3. What's Left for Pace's NABI LFW 6162s/ 6600s?

    What's your source? I couldn't find anything on Pace nor New Flyer websites.
  4. Random CTA

    He could've been doing a road test with the bus after repairs or he could've been swapping out with another 77th bus downtown.
  5. Metra evaluates station performance and conditions

    I think the ME needs to be seriously evaluated. I would propose no off peak service on the South Chicago branch and no off peak service between 111th and 63rd ( unless covered by the mainline trains as flag stops). Next I would look at the rush trains on the main line to see if there are any trains that could be combined. Then I would go back to the rush Blue Island and South Chicago trains and change each line's head ways from 20 minutes to 30 minutes. With alternating trains, Hyde Park stations would get 15 minute frequencies. The ME is the Metra line with the largest loss of ridership even factoring in Metea's claim of increased ridership at the Hyde Park stations, which compete with the CTA express routes. While Metra is obligated to serve the South Suburbs, it is not obligated to serve as many South Side stations as it does.
  6. Random Metra

    KYD stands for Kensington Yard. It is located about 1 mile south of the Kensington station on the ME, starting around 121st to near 127th, west of the mainline tracks.
  7. Metra evaluates station performance and conditions

    Infills are stations that will be built between two existing stations. If it is expected to be a huge draw, it would be fully built, but most of the time that won't be the case.
  8. Metra evaluates station performance and conditions

    I read your link. The infill stations aren't related to low performing stations.
  9. Random CTA

    128 is the Soldier Field Express. I guess it depends on the event. Maybe this was a small enough event to be handled by 40 ft buses. I'm sure during Bears game days K is providing artics for those.
  10. Your New Blue - O'Hare Branch Rehab

    Did a little research. Supposedly they want to have 2 express lanes from Manheim to Racine. Buses and cars with 3+ passengers could use those express lanes for free and everyone else would have to pay a toll to use them. This concept of "managed tolls" was also supposed to be on the Stevenson, but as usual, there are no funds. Your comment about Express service makes perfect sense. That explains the extra wide r.o.w in the middle of the Ike between Halsted and Kedzie and maybe even the extra portal into the subway east of Halsted.
  11. EX-CN&W Pullman RTA cars in California

    Great video. The narrator correctly identified the cars as Metra, but incorrectly said it was from Mexico.
  12. Your New Blue - O'Hare Branch Rehab

    To add to that, there was talk about extending the Blue Line westward to Manheim. To me, there's no room anywhere on the Ike past Forest Park to do that. I think there's a path north of the Expressway that could have potential for that. Another plan touted covering the Ike through Oak Park. I suppose if you could put the Blue Line on elevated structure on top of that, that could help. Just how much that would cost seems extreme. I actually thought the Feds approved a project for the Ike but I can't seem to find it.
  13. Your New Blue - O'Hare Branch Rehab

    I think part of the delay is waiting for IDOT to decide on when and how to reconstruct the Eisenhower. CTA doesn't want to do major work, then the State comes along and forces CTA to RIP their work up and redo it. They want to coordinate with the State. Truth be told, the Forest Park branch needs a complete rebuild like the Dan Ryan branch got a few years ago. But until the State comes up with a plan for the Ike, it will have to wait.
  14. What to Do With Surplus Artics

    It also serves Harlen High School and Corliss High School.
  15. News: Metra to explore buying 200+ cars

    We'll see. Even if they only modify the current design similar to the South shore Highliners, that would be an improvement. Metra should"ve adopted that for the ME if for no other reason than the old Highliners proved the faster boarding that the first new set of Highliners couldn't.
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